Essentials, Journal

Whiskey

It was Ernest Hemingway who said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” I suppose that’s why I felt I could drink while I was writing this. The only problem is that you may know that this quote has been widely debunked.

If that means whiskey and writing don’t mix, then when exactly should you pour yourself a tumbler? Certain social gatherings come to mind, of course, but I like to do something else with my liquor.

I recently bought a bottle in preparation for the birth of my first child. I drank a glass when she arrived. Admittedly, it was several days later. Weeks, actually. When things finally calmed down a bit.

I plan to drink another tumbler on Father’s Day. (It just so happens that this is the next big milestone.) The purpose of this way of drinking is to mark an occasion. It’s not necessary to become inebriated. Although, a little buzz wouldn’t hurt.

Whiskey should be enjoyed and savored. I believe this so much that I’ve invested in set of my own sphere-shaped ice molds. I’ve also been gifted a few whiskey stones. I’ve yet to try them but I will.

Having a drink is not about achieving drunkenness. It can be an event. If I wanted, I could use a Sharpie to mark each of occasion on the actual bottle. And it could become a sort of liquid journal.

When it comes to drinking whiskey, I look forward to fall the most. The first day of the season itself may be reason enough to indulge. Thanksgiving certainly will. And for Christmas… Well, this year, I’m eager to try a recipe for Whiskey Eggnog. And, to be perfectly honest, I’m not even that big a fan of eggnog.

photo: Michael Mroczek

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Chapel Hill, NC. His short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten novels and is the author of several children's books. You can learn more about him at justinmeckes.com or by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.